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Spotong chats to leading GLF liquor traders

Fikza’s Place

Owner: Daphne Mtshai

Location: 35289 Maraque Street, Barcelona, Ext 34, Daveyton

Organisation: GLF

Another massive challenge we face in my area is the issue of fake police. They come into our businesses with the intention of confiscating our stock and stealing any cash we have on our premises.

How did you get into the tavern trade?

I started in 1995 selling two cases of beer in a shack. I started growing bigger and gaining more patrons over time as the area started developing.

What challenges do you face in this industry?

My main challenge is the crime and the police that I have to deal with. I get raided even though I have a tavern license so they have no reason to target me and I am also fully compliant and I am a responsible trader. Another massive challenge we face in my area is the issue of fake police. They come into our businesses with the intention of confiscating our stock and stealing any cash we have on our premises. It is happening far too often now that we get robbed by fake police!

Do you have future plans for your tavern?

I would really like to upgrade my tavern by converting it into a bottle store instead. There is less stress and the hours are much better if you run a bottle store. I am actively working towards that and really looking forward to it.

How do you give back to your community?

I am active in my community when it comes to assisting those who are less fortunate than I am and those who really need a boost and a helping hand. There are a few kids in my community who have lost both parents so I am very active in assisting these kids by donating food, clothing and school items and just watching over them at all times and being there for them.

Faraza’s Place

Owner: Ephraim Fakude

Location: 34139 Barcelona Street, Daveyton

Organisation: GLF

How did you get into the tavern trade?

I initially started with a spaza shop but became interested in liquor trading after I started attending Gauliba meetings because I wanted to expand my business. I started trading in liquor in 2009 and was eventually licensed as a tavern in 2014. I still operate my spaza shop next door and haven’t looked back with both businesses.

What challenges do you face in this industry?

We have a huge problem with the criminals and with the police who don’t always take our side and prefer to waste time by raiding us when they know we are compliant and we have bigger challenges that they are supposed to assist us with. I used to have a huge problem with gangsterism in this area but thankfully, the streets are now clean of them and the gangsters are gone.

Do you have future plans for your tavern?

Yes, I have big plans and I have a two-year plan that I am working on. In the next two years, I want Faraza’s Place to be the go-to place for all patrons near and far. I am working on making my tavern the classiest spot and it will be a top-class tavern. Watch this space!

How do you give back to your community?

I give back to my community by donating food to the hungry and blankets to the elderly. I also organise entertainment for the community members on a regular basis like Zulu dancers which is always a big hit.